CARERWATCH REPLY TO THE SELECT COMMITTEE REPORT

In response to the report of the Select Committee of the Department of Works and Pensions on Carers – Carerwatch send the following letter to the Committee Chair – Terry Rooney Dear Mr Rooney, CarerWatch,National Carers Forum,Carersvoices,CarersUnited and Justice for carers are pleased to see the work of your committee on the deplorable situation of carers’ and that you have distanced yourselves from the quite inadequate government review. We feel that there is an immediate need to provide financial support for carers and thank you for saying so. We also want to see a recognition of the fact that carers are workers who often labour for long hours in difficult and distressing conditions. Given your background, you will certainly understand that labourers are worthy of their hire and we therefore, ask you to support a living wage for carers. We also ask for your support in urging the government to abandon plans to transfer carers on carers allowance and income support to JSA , a benefit that suggests carers are not working, are not contributing to society and are available for work. We look forward to hearing from you, Michael Chewter — Carer Watch A campaign group for carers across the UK run by independent, unpaid...